Letters to His Roses

Suffering with Purpose

Suffering with Purpose

How can we take those darkest moments of our lives and grow through the purification of our souls and desires? 


When I was suffering for over three years with soul crushing depression and suicidal ideation along with multiple physical ailments I begged God to end my suffering, to alleviate the pain, to help me find some recourse, some lifting of that suffering.  


Thankfully God had led me to the beautiful teachings about redemptive suffering before I became sick.  I KNEW I could do something good with the pain. I KNEW something good could come out of that pain. So I would offer it up as a prayer and sacrifice, sometimes for my family members, sometimes for the redemption of mankind, sometimes for someone else that I KNEW was also suffering. 


Uniting my suffering to Jesus’ suffering on the cross did not necessarily bring me relief from my pain but I KNEW in the spiritual realm that GOD heard my prayers and could apply the grace from that prayer wherever HE deemed fit.  That in and of itself would bring me some spiritual relief, mental relief, and emotional relief. Being united with Christ in His redemptive suffering gave meaning, value, and purpose to my suffering. I KNEW it wasn’t wasted.


This is how we “bloom in the darkness”. 

Written by: Karen Baglieri, member of the Sisterhood of Mary, Mystical Rose of God

Laura is a mother, writer, artist, spiritual mentor, and founder of Hope’s Garden. She has experienced the redemptive power of the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom and like the Bride of The Song of Songs is passionate about sharing the truth of His intimate love for each one of us. Creativity and art have been at the heart of her healing journey and she feels called to share her creative talents with the hope of bringing beauty and the love of God to others.


  1. God bless you Karen.
    After reading this this morning my mind wondered about plants that bloom at night. There are quite a few of them and one of them you may know is brugmansia “angel’s trumpet.“ 🙏🏻♥️
    It is a very poisonous plant.
    Watch this video to see a gentle time lapse of flowers opening. https://youtu.be/HDWwKDBPDWU
    There is also the moon flower which you may have heard of already also. Right after looking up the flowers I went on Facebook to read Bishop Barron‘s take on the daily readings. Before I got there the first thing that popped up on my page was photos and video of a moon flower that one of my friends owns! God winks. Kisses from heaven. “there are no coincidences.”
    Here is a photo album of my friend’s moonflower photos if you’re interested.

    • This is so cool, Cindy, thank you! I didn’t know any of this! Wow, God’s creativity is truly astounding. Blessings, De

  2. Thank you for your sharing. It is a beautiful reflection.

  3. I watched the clip & and saw the photos. I wrote this on the post:

    How can people say there is no God? All of creation declares the glory of God.
    I’m learning about our bodies because of what’s happening inside mine.
    We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made by God!! Read Psalm 139 to see what God says!


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